Why was this review for the movie 'Earthling' declined? Specifically which guideline does the review violate?

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Headline: Two -horny- women try to figure out what their lives are about...

What a frustrating mess! You know all those 50's science fiction films loaded with stilted, baby-food expository dialogue? Well the writer/director of Earthling did the exact opposite to the extreme. Nothing is explained! An hour and half into the film and the audience is still left wondering who the main characters are, what their motivations are, and exactly what the plot of film is. Apparently the writer thought his audience was able to read his mind like the aliens in his screenplay. There are dozens of plot elements which are presented and then left to dry on the vine without any explanation about how they fit into the story. A few examples: the atmospheric disturbance at the beginning of the film - What caused it?, What was it's purpose? Never explained; At one point, the astronaut's wife is referred to as his sister. Why? And there are many, many more...

Over and over again throughout the film, these little plot points are raised and then dropped without explanation, never to be heard of again. And the characters are barely introduced, sometimes appearing without any indication of who they are or how they fit into the story and they're never explained, let alone developed..

Then there are the bizarre behaviors of the characters. A bunch school teachers getting plastered at the local bar after school. Really? A student asking his teacher to take a drag off a joint? What planet did this take place on? Not earth. These aren't critical plot points and don't really serve to develop any characters, so why put that in the film? (Is Liford on the payroll of the Russians, trying to undermine US society?) And what's with all those agonizingly long, drawn-out bathtub scenes? Again they serve no point in the plot or tone of the film.

There was an almost-original story to be told here. As Liford says in the promo summary, "After a mysterious atmospheric event, a small group of people wake up to realize that their entire lives have been a lie. They are in fact aliens disguised as humans. Now they have to make a choice. Live amongst men, or try to find a way back home."

That sounds like an interesting story, but Earthing failed miserably in telling that story. At the bare minimum, a film has got to to get the story told! I generously gave it 3 stars because, without exception, the actors' performances were extraordinary despite what they had to work with. Also, the cinematography was well done.

Triggers: strobe effects, incest, child exploitation, graphic violence, suicide, drug promotion, racist language, racist casting, antisocial behavior by the protagonists.

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sally

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Oswald

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Take this sentence out and they will probably accept it:

(Is Liford on the payroll of the Russians, trying to undermine US society?)
The PC-police of IMDb hate comments like this, even if tongue in cheek.
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sally

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Thanks. I resubmitted the review replacing the suspect sentence with a general comment about producers including anti-social role models in their films. The review is pending... 
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15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

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I think it came to a point where even the word "horny" is problematic... I bet if you remove it and submit another review it'll be accepted within a minute.
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sally

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It was finally approved after I removed the specific humorous reference about Liford. Probably a legal issue. In the original, I had the word "horny" in quotes and I thought maybe there was a technical issue with using quotes in a headline like that, so I changed it to -horny- using minus signs.

(In the film the aliens have small protrusions coming out of their foreheads like horns, and the two main women characters (aliens) have a sexual relationship in the movie -- so the word forms a double entendre in the headline.)

Thank you for the help.
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You're welcome.

Legit point on "legal issues", though I'm not sure why IMDb does not post the usual disclaimer; "The reviews represent the views and opinions of the original contributor la la la."
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15yearsIMDber aka ElMo

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What I don't get is if someone took his time to determine that a review doesn't deserve to be published, why wouldn't he just underline the problematic parts so the user knows what he's got to change. Right now, I also have a declined review but I can't figure out the problem...